Correctors, BB, and CC Creams
BB Cream, CC Cream: What's the Difference? Which One to Choose?
Launched a few years ago, BB Creams quickly flooded the market. Following this success, CC Creams, DD Creams, EE, and even GG Creams followed suit, each with very specific virtues.
How to choose the right one for you with all these creams? Let's help decipher the properties of each of these double-letter creams to find the cream you need!
Discover all ranges of BB, CC, and DD creams.
• What is BB Cream?
• What is CC Cream?
• What is DD Cream?
• What is EE Cream?
• What is GG Cream?
• The alphabetical creams
BB Cream (the pioneer): What is it?
BB Cream stands for "Blemish Balm cream," which literally translates to: balm for imperfections. It was created in Germany to protect, hydrate, and unify the skin of women undergoing cosmetic surgery. However, this product was very thick, difficult to use, and spread evenly. It was in South Korea that women, fans of porcelain skin, used this type of cream to conceal the consequences of aesthetic interventions, such as laser peeling and other aggressive treatments, or simply skin imperfections. This initially thick cream was reformulated by a Korean dermatologist to suit Korean women, becoming lighter, finer, and easier to apply. BB Cream is used to conceal imperfections such as redness, blemishes, dull complexion, and pimples. Above all, it is the best multifunctional cream.
The mission of BB Cream is to moisturize, correct, conceal imperfections, treat, and brighten the complexion: a kind of super cream that draws its strength from ingredients that evaporate and allow the development of chameleon pigments, adapting to the natural complexion of each skin!
However, it is still challenging for a BB Cream to adapt to all skin types, colors, sebum content, and skin texture. This is how variations in BB Cream shades gradually appear. In summary, BB Cream can be used daily in the morning skincare routine to replace moisturizer and foundation. For people with skin issues such as oily skin, acne, very dry skin, it may be necessary to add this BB Cream as specific care. Very quickly, this BB Cream proved to be the starting point for a whole series of "alphabetical" creams, whose ambition was to improve the initial properties of this revolutionary cream.
CC Cream: What is it?
What is the difference between BB Cream and CC Cream? Unlike BB Cream, CC Cream, "Color Control cream," allows controlling the skin color, truly adapting to different skin types, thanks to encapsulated pigments released when used.
CC Cream is formulated as a corrective base and has:
• Pigments adapted to each issue: mauve against dull complexion, yellow corrector, but also green against redness and orange for a healthy glow.
• Illuminating pigments that reflect light, beautifying the complexion and concealing spots.
Therefore, it has a much more unifying complexion function, in addition to allowing maximum hydration and sun protection, thanks to integrated protection indices in the formulation, as well as brightening the complexion. This CC Cream is also native to Asia and is much more fluid than BB, allowing for a more natural result suitable for skin with minor imperfections and redness. Manufacturers continued their dynamic development.
DD Cream: What is it?
DD Cream for "Daily Defense" has a real vocation to protect the epidermis, especially against UVA and UVB rays. This DD Cream, compared to the first 2 versions, offers:
• a high sun protection index,
• free radical molecules that protect the epidermis against pollution,
• a hydration function,
• intelligent pigments, like CC Cream.
Important difference: DD Cream is much more fluid in texture than BB and CC and is aimed more particularly at women eager to protect their skin from external aggressions and pollution.
EE Cream: What is it?
As much as BB, CC, and DD creams were unanimous about the meaning of the initials, for EE creams, there are several answers:
• "Extra Exfoliator": which would be a facial exfoliator no longer used as a day cream but included in the cleansing milk.
• "Energy Enhancer": this treatment combines all the benefits of its predecessors and also maximizes skin elasticity and vitality through the anti-aging active ingredients included in its formula.
• "Illuminating Effect": it is said that this EE Cream acts on damage caused by pollution and the sun while exerting an effect against brown pigmentation spots.
The innovation of this EE Cream, regardless of the brand marketing it, is to meet increasingly specific needs. In fact, cosmetic giants are developing increasingly sophisticated formulas for increasingly targeted needs, but so quickly that hardly a new miraculous cream is tested, a newer, even more effective one appears.
GG Cream: What is it?
Well, the series doesn't stop at EE creams with a direct shift to GG creams, which are the latest produced by a major cosmetics manufacturer. GG stands for "Glam Bronze" or "Genius Glow," promising a 5-in-1 effect, i.e., achieving:
• instant beauty,
• a uniform complexion,
• Slightly tanned skin and sun protection with an index of 25.
The benefits of this cream also include a non-comedogenic, self-tanning-free, and fragrance-free effect. Currently, there is only one shade called universal tone that may not be suitable for all skin tones.
• BB Creams. Balm cream for blemishes: anti-blemish balm, creamy and matte balm with moisturizing and antioxidant properties, covering imperfections.
• CC Creams. Color control cream: fluid cream, whose main property is anti-redness.
• DD Creams. Daily Defense Cream: fluid cream, with pigments and antioxidant active ingredients to protect the epidermis from external aggressions.
• EE Creams. Extra Exfoliator, Energy Enhancer, Illuminating Effect: multifunctional moisturizing, protective, and illuminating cream, associated with an anti-aging, anti-wrinkle, and/or exfoliating effect, depending on the brand.
• GG Creams. 5-in-1 skin tone enhancer cream: a condensed form of previous creams with a healthy glow, natural tan, hydration, complexion corrector.
Thus, these alphabetical creams, even though there are specificities among different creams, have the common goal of unifying the complexion and moisturizing the face, thanks to complete formulas of various active ingredients grouped in a single cream and can be used by everyone and for all skin types. However, the presence of complexion correction agents, pigments, and other formulation ingredients poses a risk to sensitive skin. Indeed, to avoid hypersensitivity, allergies, hives, eczema, and other unpleasant reactions, it is highly recommended to favor creams with two letters.
They are a great asset for facial care; it is up to you to find what suits you best without waiting for the HH or II cream, which may already be in development!